Wine Bistro Unveils New Wine Bar/Restaurant – Cork Wine & Dine

| May 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
New Concept Wine Bar/Restaurant - Cork Wine & Dine, picture by Steve Stover

New Concept Wine Bar/Restaurant – Cork Wine & Dine, picture by Steve Stover

The folks behind the Wine Bistro have unveiled a new concept wine-centric restaurant and wine bar. Cork Wine & Dine, near the intersection of Morse and Hamilton Roads, is much smaller than the Wine Bistro.

Cork Wine & Dine is small, warm, and cozy, with lots of soft furniture.  The decor is wine-centric with lots of corks and even wine bottle chandeliers.

A small list of wines by the glass/bottle comes with the menu, but an entire wall of the restaurant is a “live wine list” You can choose a bottle from the “wine wall” at restaurant prices, which have below average mark-ups, but prices are relatively higher on less expensive bottles.

The menu is wine friendly, portions are ample, and sharing is encouraged.

We started with the Indaba Chenin Blanc from South Africa ($23), light and flavorful but not too fruity.

Crisp flatbread, fresh mozzarella, tomato, and basil, picture by Steve Stover.

Crisp flatbread, fresh mozzarella, tomato, and basil, picture by Steve Stover.

Our group of four shared all of the dishes: bread service, bianca and nan; the New York cheddar & port fondu ($8), was our least favorite item; the very good grilled Romaine Caesar shaved parmesan (7); Baci four cheese pasta purses, duck bacon, onion, fresh peas, tomatoes, and parmesan ($13); Chicken Scallopine Napoleon, Asiago cream, tomato, raddichio, arugula ($15); crisp flatbread, fresh mozzarella, tomato, and basil ($11).

Chicken Scallopine Napoleon. Photo: Steve Stover.

Chicken Scallopine Napoleon. Photo: Steve Stover.

We also had the “cupcake of the day,” chocolate of course!

The menu has nine “small plates and shareables,” priced from $5 to $13; five soups and salads $5 to $7; six pastas and “bigger plates,” $13 to $20; three flatbreads, two with garlic cream, $11 to $14; three sandwiches, all $11; and four desserts, from $3 for the cupcake to $6.

Our server Kat was excellent, knowledgeable on wines and food.

Overall, Cork Wine & Dine offers wines and wine friendly fare at fair prices.


Cork Wine & Dine

4782 Morse Road

Columbus, OH 43230


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Steve Stover is passionate about food. He has taught cooking with Rich Terapak for more than 31 years, and has reviewed restaurants and judged cooking for more than 25 years. He currently teaches cooking at the Franklin Park Conservatory after stints at La Belle Pomme at Lazarus, Columbus State, Sur la Table, and Faire la Cuisine. In addition, he frequently cooks for charity events and speaks to community groups all over Central Ohio. Steve had a weekly restaurant and food commentary program 610 WTVN AM radio from 1996 to 2008. From 1992 to 2004, Steve was the Ohio editor for Zagat Survey, edited five Zagat Survey Ohio editions, and was a contributing editor for several editions of Zagat Survey America’s Top Restaurants. Steve is currently a contributor to Edible Columbus magazine, and a regular guest on WOSU’s Allsides with Ann Fisher. In "real life," Steve retired in January 2012 as the Legislative Counsel for the Ohio State Bar Association, and is involved in numerous community activities.